Monday, December 30, 2013

Tea and Cookies

During the busyness of Christmas Day, I found time to sit down with a cup of tea and a couple of cookies.  Now with the day behind us and cookies left over, I pull a couple out of the tin in the fridge each day to have with my afternoon tea.  Scottish shortbread stars and gingerbread men go well with most any flavour of tea, although I am partial to the new gingerbread rooibos from David's Tea.
I picked up the new Victoria Classics Tea Pleasures magazine to read, and when through it I can start in on one of the books I received for Christmas.
I'm sure most of my tea friends have read these books, but they were on my wish list and I'm happy to  have them to add to my growing library of tea themed books.
How about you, did you receive any tea related gifts?
Welcome friends for tea this week and I hope you will visit my hosts and their guests.
A Return to Loveliness
Friends Sharing Tea
All the best for a happy and healthy new year!


  1. What a lovely, relaxing tea time, Judith. I have not read either of the books, but I'd love to. Let me know what's your favorite when you've finished.
    Happy New Year to you. xo

  2. Such a lovely tea post for all of Us.So special, thank You :)

  3. Hi! Thank you very much for the sweet words. The books are very lovely and your tea time is very relaxing. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  4. Lovely tea time. I have not read either of the books. They look wonderful!

    Happy New Year!

    Jocelyn @

  5. I did get some ginger bread tea I haven't tried yet!

  6. Well, I drink my tea out of a large mug with a lid to keep it hot...although stroopwaffles do the trick too!...:)JP

  7. Hi Judith,
    Your cookies look so sweet snuggled up to your teacup. I'm going to have to get into David's Tea and pick up some of that tea. I did get some tea related gifts for Christmas and I'm itching to show them off. No tea books though, although I did receive Carolyn Aiken's newest Christmas book. Thank you for coming to tea and Happy New Year to you, my friend. Sending a hug your way too.

    Christmas blessings,

  8. I did. I received fermented green tea, which I sent home with the givers saying most emphatically that I am not into probiotics. It's the thought that counts. They also gave me a wonderful box of black teas from Twinings. I will enjoy that. I have a few tea books, but nothing too scholarly.

  9. Lovely glad I found you via MM. I'll visit often. Happy New Year!

  10. I found your page on another blog. I have the Vintage Tea Cup Club book at home to read too. Let me know how you like it if you start reading it. Love your blog! One of my favorite scents in lavender sleep from bath and body.

  11. Lovely to have some leftover cookies all to yourself! And the books look like a perfect choice for the dark days of January.

    I wish you and yours a most wonderful New Year, Judith!!

  12. Hello Judith,
    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog!
    I see you are much into "tea and cookies"!!!...
    'Not my cup of tea' since I wouldn't have the time!! LOL!
    I spent it much in hides trying to photograph decently the wild life!!
    My sincere wishes for a great new year!

  13. Une très bonne nouvelle année, c'est ce que je te souhaite de tout

    mon coeur, une année toute en tendresse et en douceur pour

    toi et pour tous ceux qui te sont chers!

    Avec toute mon amitié,
    edith (iris)

  14. I've not read either one. Picked up the V magazine the other day but haven't read it yet.

    There never seems to be enough time for reading or sipping these days, need to remedy that soon.

    Snowing a beautiful dry fluffy gorgeous snow today, a truly wonderful winter's day. We stay at home safe snug and warm on NYE - sometimes have a dinner party, this time we're not doing a thing, and it feels GREAT. I am so tired!

    My very best for you in this coming new year. Hugs.

  15. Ah, this looks so pleasant and relaxing. I bought some tea recently from a small company in Kentucky and it was worth the extra money. Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year!!

  16. Happy New Year Judith!
    It's almost 7am New Years day in New Zealand!

    Gorgeous books - I will try my library.
    The magazine looks lovely - I will have a look for that here too.
    Tea and tea time really interests me too - a wonderful art form!

    Wishing you and yours "Health, Happiness and JOY in 2014".
    Shane XOX

  17. With plenty of tea, cookies and a couple of good books you'll be enjoying many hours of pleasure. Happy New Year to you, Judith.


  18. Hi Judith, Wow, this is a lovely surprise because I've never read those two books and would love to. I've had my nose stuck in fantasy/ science fiction this year. Much love and joy to your for the New Year and for 2014, my Canadian friend; I'm so glad we got to know each other over this past year.

  19. This is really a nice "tea" post. I actually had a cup of decaf Peppermint tea this morning instead of coffee. I like tea when I'm sick, which I am. We went to the doctor today and both got antibiotics to try and beat this bug we've got.

  20. May God richly bless you this coming New Year! Sending hugs your way, Martha

  21. Hi Judith, Your cookies and tea look delicious. Glad you still have some cookies for your afternoon tea break and nosh. Enjoy! Happy New Year!
    Hugs, Beth

  22. Hi Judith, I think I'm going to be ordering some of that gingerbread tea for Grandma's Tea Room, I'll add it to my loose leaf flavours it sounds so good. Very nice and relaxed time for tea and anytime for cookies, :-)

  23. You always have such lovely tea cups beautifully photographed.

  24. Looks like you have lots of fun reading ahead while you sip your tea!

  25. Hi Judith. I'm so behind in visiting blogs so have missed some and am late commenting. I have enjoyed lots of tea and cookies the past month. Yes, indeed, lots of cookies. :) The books you received sound interesting. My sister sent me the sweetest little bear (about 4 inches tall) holding a ceramic teapot and cup and saucer. She knows I enjoy tea time. I wish you a blessed 2014. Here's to more tea times. Pam

  26. Love the a rabid reader, I am always looking for new books. Haven't seen the Victoria except in the magazine. We are quite remote here, and seldom have much available at our newsstands. Wonderful! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...a bit intervenes in my visiting schedule!

  27. ...have to admit to eating quite a lot of my gingerbread cookies too over Christmas. I'd made a big batch and a little pack would find it's way from the freezer at cuppa times just like you show here. Nice to sit back and unwind and enjoy ...

  28. I have a stack of magazines here on the kitchen table right now - I am so behind between our computer crisis and work.

  29. I had a chance to enjoy some tea and homemade Greek cookies while away at Christmas and a pot of tea every day while home this week.


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